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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The heat is on

Soaring gasoline prices are giving Smilin' Dan Grabauskas a chance of a lifetime. Let's hope he's up to the task.

It's now official: MBTA ridership is up 6.2 percent since the first of the year. Soaring fuel prices and scarce and expensive parking have combined to push people on buses and subways like never before.

Well, some buses. Yes, the T has an obligation to serve communities that otherwise might be isolated. And they actually appear to be trying to keep better track of where buses actually are.

But here's a quick suggestion: put them where people are. Buses that carry an average of seven passengers or less per ride don't need to run as frequently as the sardine cans that actually handle paying customers.

Fair warning to folks in Medford and Somerville: be careful what you wish for.

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